From what I understand & have read about this plant, while a few sources say it does well in "shade", many more sources claim it does best in "partial shade", so perhaps your location is too shady? Also, apparently it enjoys soil that has been "well-amended" with organic matter. Maybe it needs more than just "a little peat moss and compost" in the planting hole.erinleigh28 wrote:I planted a Golden Japanese Forest Grass this spring as part of a large renovation, the plan for which was drawn up by a professional landscaper. The bed is quite shady, and we are in zone 5b and have had a cool summer. We added a little peat moss and compost to the hole when we planted, and all of the other plants (including two feathering reed grasses) are doing fine. Any ideas?